Yes the bus is back in action and while we were absent from the storage area a new skoolie friend had started working on his bus. So I ended up going to Trans Chicago to have the bus fixed. Originally I had no idea that it was a Freightliner dealer and when I found out thought that was a good thing. I was under the impression that we were on a Freightliner chassis but apparently its an international??? Go figure because Freightliner bought Thomas Built Busses in like 98 or 99….. So i don’t understand why it would be an International Chassis but that’s what they said anyway. None the less they were able to bypass the school bus stuff and get the bus back in action for the low low price of $1,047.91 unfortunately a great deal more than the tow.
After determining that it will take to long for me to learn and fix the bus we opted for a shop to fix it. Well it has to get to the shop and seeing as how it does not start we had to get a tow. The cost of the tow was only $220 scored a great deal from Classic Towing if your in the Chicago land area and need a tow give them a call. They did a great job and I cannot thank them enough, especially for the cost. Also give a quick up date on our Europe vacation round 2! IF you have any comments or questions just reach out on either facebook or youtube and we will get back to you.
Ok well it has been some time since I last made a post. Lots has been going on with the bus and our lives in general. If you haven’t seen the latest video about the bus getting a tow to a shop to get the ignition wiring straightened out here is the link.
Now that you are caught up with the bus and our newly planned trip to Europe! Here are the other things that have been happening as I have been delayed in updating the blog. House is going up for sale in the coming weeks. We have been doing little updates to make it look nice for the new owners such as swapping out the gold hardware for silver, fixing and painting the fence, and also starting to prep for paint.
The plan is that come around June 1st we are hoping to move into the bus and live in it in my parents driveway while we continue to work at our jobs for a another month. This will allow us to have the house up for sale with it being completely empty and dog free. Hopefully we will meet our deadlines that we have set up as there is still a lot of work to do to make it all happen but it sure is coming along nicely.
Just wanted to give a bit of an over view as to what has been going on and what some of our plans are. I will be posting more information as far as Europe ‘16 trip and bus info in the coming weeks. Just need to get everything moving and it should all fall into place. Thanks for reading and following our life adventure!
Just hit a big milestone with the channel and want to thank you guys. The YouTube channel is growing and I have you to thank for that. If there is anything more that you would like to see or not see of the build let me know.
Let me start by saying that I am glad we used fiberglass on the holes. However it sucks! Working with fiberglass is not my favorite thing to do but it sure works great. The outcome is exactly what I wanted 100% waterproof seal that is super strong. I know that a lot of people use eterna bond tape and I did think about using that but wanted to make sure there would be no issues. I think it was like $70 bucks i spent to get all of the fiberglass materials and was money well spent in my book. I would definitely do fiberglass again if I convert another school bus.
Coming To You Live
I thought it would be fun to start a new section of our YouTube channel. Live streams straight from the bus! Hopefully you will find these video’s entertaining as well as informative. We are just a regular couple converting a school bus into a tiny home on wheels nothing special. Well we might be a little special but only in the best possible way. I mean we do own and will live in a “short bus”.
Well If you have watched this video…
I am sorry because I dropped the ball big time on this video update. Do not worry though I made sure to make #21 extra awesome. Well I tried anyway. Anyways in this video as I am sure you can tell not much was completed other than scraping up the floor under the driver seat which unfortunately you’re not able to see because I thought I turned the camera on but never actually did. We weren’t out at the bus all that long anyway.
Just trust me on this that the next video is FANTASTIC and that work actually gets done.
Work needs to get done!
It feels like there is so much to do and so little time. In this video of our school bus conversion I just do some odd and end work. I remove the swing arm mechanism on the front of the bus as well as the stop sign arm. I had really wanted to keep the stop sign but the dealer had already removed it unfortunately.
If you have any questions about your own conversion feel free to reach out I will help you out as best I can. I know that converting a school bus into an rv is a big job. It is a fun job though due to the endless possibilities. I think that is one of the best parts about building a skoolie is that you are making it perfect for you.
I think that I have done a good job so far in posting more often in here as well as on Youtube. Actually I have decided that I want to have a new video posted every day. Yes you read that right.
On one hand I don’t think that anyone will even really watch all of the videos just like this probably will not be read lol. But I enjoy it and that is what is important and if you’re reading this I am going to assume you do as well if you’re reading this. However my mom did teach me what happens when you assume. You make an ass out of you and me. But I digress….
Ok so for starters we got the bus seat! There will be more on that on a skoolie update post and video and the like. It looks like a brand new seat it really does. We also took the jeep top down and went for a drive to the bus to work on it the other day. I thought the video turned out pretty good. Let me know in the comments what you thought about it.
I spoke with my Aunt about coming to park and finish up the bus at there house. My Uncle has been an electrician is whole life and going to give me some pointers and instruction for the bus. Last thing that I need to do is blow it up or start an electrical fire. All that hard work I have been putting in an will put in would have been for nothing.
So there you have it folks I have stuck with it and been writing more posts to keep the website updated. Also going to be posting new videos daily on youtube! #mynewchallenge
So I have actually decided that I am going to go deeper into minimalism than I had originally thought. I am going to go more into this in another video however because I have just found out about the capsule wardrobe. So more on that later.